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Burger & Lobster City

The most figure friendly of the last year’s wave of US style burger-cum-hotdog fast-food-made-cool joints – not only serving salad that isn’t a potato chip (though happily it does those too) but also realizing that fish is an eminently acceptable meal choice. Hot on the heels of its Mayfair, Soho and Farringdon branches comes Burger and Lobster City open Monday to Friday in Bread Street and serving up the three stalwarts as per the chalk boards: burger, lobster and a lobster roll complete with wasabi mayo. And better still, now that there are more of them, perhaps the only downside, […]

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Now Is All There Is at The Hospital Club

Chorographer George Balanchine called for his dancers to be ‘in the moment’ and to give everything, this is the inspiration that lies behind Now Is All There Is – Bodies in Motion the spectacular photographic exhibition at The Gallery at The Hospital Club.  The exhibition celebrates the physicality and expression of the dancers from the Royal Ballet. The 34 stylized images taken over two years by Rick Guest have been styled by Olivia Pomp who has focused the strength and power that must be inherent in the dancer’s poise. Evocative yet playful these black and white images bring together photography, […]

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Dine with Henry James at The Almeida

Henry James' seminal play, The Turn of The Screw, launches tonight at the Almeida Theatre in Islington and this world premier, adapted by Rebecca Lenkeiwicz, will show until 16 March 2013. Situated directly opposite the theatre, traditional French neighbourhood Almeida Restaurant is welcoming diners with delicious pre and post theatre menus with signature dishes including Slow-cooked belly of suckling pig, chantenay carrots, pomme purée and sauce aux épices. The light and airy dining room with its floor-to-ceiling French doors and semi-open kitchen is the perfect antidote to James’ chilling tale.   Almeida Restaurant www.almeida-restaurant.co.uk

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Ryan Stafford at Ben’s Canteen

Ben’s Canteen is ending this depressing January detoxing with a rather special supper club event, Ryan Stafford: Mixing It Up on the 23rd of January. Ryan Stafford a former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist will be cooking up a seriously great menu with dishes including Pig Popcorn & Chorizo Jam, Carpaccio of Beasts and a wonderful Salted Caramel, Peanut, Yoghurt & Forell Pear, enough to make anyone ditch the January diet of soups and salad and return to eating proper food once more. There will be two sittings in the evening, 7pm and 9pm with everyone being served together at each […]

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Spa Signatures launch at The Dorchester

Relax with the ultimate in luxury at London’s most exclusive spa. The new Dorchester Spa menu features seven gorgeous face and body treatments that have been hand-picked from some of the leading spas within Dorchester Collection’s luxury hotels. Brands featured include: La Prairie (The Beverly Hills Hotel), Shiseido (Le Richmond) and Kerstin Florian (Coworth Park). These new offerings are not the only change afoot at The Dorchester Spa. Carol Joy London Hairdressing Salon has taken up residence, creating its only complete service salon in the UK! This will be Carol Joy London’s flagship store, providing guests with their complete care […]

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Champagne & Cigars in the City

This Valentine’s Day witnesses the launch of brand new venue ‘Voltaire’: a City bar named after the famous French writer and philosopher. This impressive grade II listed building features an incredible vault bar, a gorgeous al fresco cigar terrace, and London’s largest collection of Pommery champagne – reputed to be the world’s best! Interior designer Sue Wheldon has been let loose on the venue, transforming the stone vaults of the former bank above into a unique bar area, ‘The Vaults at Voltaire’. These boast cosy alcoves draped in silks and animal prints, where guests can relax with drinks brought by a […]

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Old Bengal Bar’s Secret Cocktail List

Want to be let in on a secret? Old Bengal Bar is revolutionising Saturday night cocktails with their secret cocktail list, but just don’t tell any body…  Each week between 5:30 and 7pm guests can try six incredible new cocktails created by bar manager Milos Popovic.  To gain access to this secret list look out for the password released over Twitter @OldBengalBar during the week and just whisper it to one of the server’s.  So move over Mojitos, so long Long Island Ice Tea and ditch those daiquiris there are new cocktails in town. P.S  This week’s buzzword for Saturday […]

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Cognac & Cigars at aqua

  aqua nueva‘s new Cognac & Cigar Terrace launches this week. A cognac and cigar menu has been create4d by Bar Manager Manuel Soro with pairings that complement eachother to be enjoyed overlooking the London skyline. Discover the perfect balance between the rich, aged Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac and the full flavoured Hoyo De Monterrey Petit Robust. Serious  connoisseurs, however, can go hard with a 45-year old Rignaud Soubourin Floriege cognac together with a Cohiba Siglo VI – said to be one of the best in the world. Also on offer is a menu of fine whiskeys, rums and champagnes […]

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Upper West

It’s been delayed so many times that we’re expecting pretty great things from Upper West when it finally opens its doors but if the CGIs are anything to go by we shouldn’t be disappointed. The new Chelsea venue promises a stylish, New York inspired lounge, rooftop garden and standalone nightclub, called Madisons – all hidden behind an understated façade and black doors that mirror New York’s elite clubs. Jad Lahoud is one of the key figures behind the project – previous ventures include the relaunch of  South Kensington's Amika  – alongside Alex Brocket, son of Lord Brockett. Jonty Bruce’s The […]

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Rock and Roll at Quaglino’s

This week, as part of Quaglino’s ongoing series of photography shows, the restaurant welcomes photographer Gered Mankowitz and his exhibition, ‘Rock and Roll’ –  a collaboration with Piccadilly Arcade’s Snap Galleries. Mankowitz has enjoyed an extensive 45 year career photographing musical royalty and this new exhibition focuses on Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Many of the images were taken in nearby Mason’s Yard, now enjoying a musical renaissance with The Scotch. Mankowitz established his first studio there in 1963 and it’s where he shot Jimi Hendrix and his band The Experience four years later. Naturally Quaglino’s Bar Manager Michal […]

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